Aug 2 2018

Turn Your Photos Into an Oil Painting

If you are looking for a unique way to give a special memory, enter Instapaint. They make it really simple (and affordable) for you to work with a REAL artist to create a completely custom oil painting out of any photo. You choose your style, such as photo-realism, abstract expression or pop art, upload your photo on their site and an artist gets to work. The prices start at $99 and go up to $199, which is extremely affordable for a completely custom piece of art and a great price range for a wedding gift, engagement gift, Mother’s Day or Fathers Day gift.

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TGI Tips: For your parents, get a favorite family photo turned into a keep-forever piece of art (even sweeter, if it’s a group gift from you and your siblings.) For your anniversary, turn a favorite wedding photo into a sentimental piece you can hang in your forever home. We even love the idea of honoring a beloved fur baby with a custom oil painting. We love the possibilities, we love how easy it is and we love that’s it’s affordable even for those of us without a crazy art budget.

PACKAGES:

1. Small oil painting package starting at $99 (10 x 10 square standard, or choose other available options)

2. Medium oil painting package starting at $149 (15 x 15 square standard, or choose other available options)

3. Large oil painting starting at $199 (22 x 22 square standard or choose other available options)

More details and info on InstaPaint.com

Instapaint is a partner of TheGiftInsider.com.

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Jun 21 2018

Jun 12 2018

Miles’ Camp Themed 1st Birthday Party

Oh did I have a blast planning Miles’ first birthday party! I decided on a Camp Theme, “Camp Miles” and we held it at our home, which I felt would make it special and intimate and allow me lots of creative freedom.

I went with a color scheme of greens, pops of gold, and black and white plaid to give off a campy vibe. I incorporated greenery, vines and wood signs into every nook and craney of our home.  I loved added DIY touches everywhere I could. I wanted each kid to feel special and the party to be totally unique to Miles.

We had Music Man Dave come to play camp songs, the The Meanie Weanie Hot Dog Truck was dishing out amazing gourmet hot dogs (the mac & cheese was a huge hit!) and we had Suzy from Lumi Photography there to help us capture all of the special moments.

1st Birthday Camp Sign

Camp Birthday Party Wood Sign

Woodland Backyard Birthday Party

Camp Themed Birthday Party Centerpiece

Camp Themed Party Dessert Table

Camp Themed Birthday Dessert Table

1st Birthday Party Marshmallow Smash Cake

Camp Themed Birthday Cookies

Green Highchair Banner Cake Smash

DIY Camp Themed Favors

DIY Camp Themed Favors

Miles Parker Schey Camp Birthday

Miles Parker Schey Camp Birthday

 

Camp Party Banner

Camp Party Decor

Camp Party Trail Mix Bar

Adult Bug Juice Camp Party

Camp Themed Bar

Camp Themed Buffet

Arts and Crafts Station Camp Party

Kids Snacks Camp Party

 

Miles Parker Schey Birthday Party    Camp Theme Party Backdrop

Camp Themed Cake Smash Marshmallow

Camp Themed Cake Smash Marshmallow

We DIY-ed a majority of the creative elements and then found some great Etsy shops for the rest. For things like linens and tableware, we found great deals on Amazon.

Banners: Camp Miles sweet table banner, camp miles fireplace banner and highchair banner from HouseofHooray on Etsy

Balloons: green balloon bouquet from Party Dialect, and I added in gold orbs from OhShinyPaperCo and the 36 inch green balloons were from BlushBazarre. I added on the green garland.

Sweet Table: marshmallow smash cake and cookies from Love and Buttercream, s’more and nutella donuts from Donut Bar Detroit and mini teepee from TenesseeTeeppes 

Tableware: Bear plates and napkins by Meri Meri, bark cups from SteshaParty, woodland bear sippy cups from Amazon, palm leaf plates and silverware from Amazon, black + white plaid napkins from Zazzle, birch straws from Amazon

Arts and Crafts table – wood rounds from Michaels, stickers from target, signs DIY-ed

Favors – DIYed using mini gable boxes filled with gummy worms, camp patches, s’more trail mix and camp themed bubble wands 

Trail Mix Bar – Happy Camper Bags from HHPaperCo, plastic bins from Oriental Trading, teepee from TenesseeTeeppes, sign was DIY-ed

Greenery: Used everywhere, hung on garage, on balloons, on staircase, around signs. All from Amazon

Huge Brown Bears: Amazon

Teepee in Basement: faux felt firepit from TheHomespunMarket 

Linens: Black + White Plaid tablecloths from Amazon

Pennant Flags: DIY-ed

Wood Slice Signs: DIY-ed

Cake Stand: DIY-ed

Happy Camper Sign: DIY-ed

Favors: Name Pennants, s’more trail mix, labels DIY-ed

Arts & Crafts and Favors Hanging Banners: DIY-ed

Wood Photo Hanging: DIY-ed

Water Bottle Labels: DIY-ed

Adult Bug Juice sign: DIY-ed

Mason Jar Centerpieces: DIY-ed

Outhouse Sign: DIY-ed

Hot Dog Cart Outside Sign: DIY-ed

Again, thanks to Lumi Photography for all these shots. Feel free to reach out if you want more info on how we DIY-ed everything.

 

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May 22 2018

Miles’ 1st Birthday Cake Smash

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my little man was born. I’m still in awe that we created this sweet, silly and happy little human and we get to keep him forever. I have all the feels as I’ve been looking through photos and watching videos of our journey this past year. It’s been the hardest, most rewarding, most incredible year and I can’t believe how fast it flew.

We did a fun cake smash photoshoot a little before his actual birthday to celebrate this stage.  He got pretty into the cake smash part of it, and the photos turned out hilarious. Thanks to Stefanie Russo Photography for these priceless shots and Love and Buttercream for the delicious smash cake.

and now, for a few non-cake covered shots.

 

It was a special day, for a special boy. Check back in a few weeks for shots from Miles’ first birthday party, Camp Miles!

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May 2 2018

7 Personalized Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Will Make Her Melt

1. Personalized Travel + Jewerly Case

2. Custom Photo Notepad 

3. Handwriting Bracelet

4. Fingerprint Necklace

5. Custom Family Portrait

6. Handwritten Pouch

7. Photo Candle 

8. Custom Photo Hanger

9. Artwork Tray

 

What are your favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas? Tell us below!

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Mar 6 2018

Custom Travel Kits Designed for Kate Spade New York

We were super excited when Kate Spade New York corporate offices asked us to come up with something fun to give their attendees after a out-of-town retreat. There theme was black, white and gold.

We created these custom Travel Kits and included all of the necessary travel essentials. We custom designed, labeled and packaged each of the items to fit the theme and designed a minimalist drawstring travel kit pouch and cinched with a simple black ribbon.

We included:

– Headphones labeled “Tune it Out”

– Black & White spiral hair ties and gold bobby pins labeled “Tie It Up”

– Starbucks Via and Emergen-C labeled “Just Add Water”

– Sleepmask labeled “Do Nut Disturb”

– Gum labled “Chew Me”

– Chapstick labeled “moisturize”

– Hand Sanitizer labeled “sanitize”

– Sparkly Gold and Black mini nail files

– Custom drawstring pouch that can be thrown in a purse and used for traveling after the event

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Jan 18 2018

Dec 12 2017

Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home

For your favorite host to your favorite family, gifting something for the home is always a sweet sentiment around the holidays. We have 7 ideas.

1. Ring Doorbell 

We just installed our own Ring Video Doorbell and now can’t imagine how we survived without it. You get notified on your smartphone every time someone is at the door (or you get an amazon delivery) and are able to see and speak to whoever is here. The video recording is a great added security bonus as well.  Perfect gift for the smart home lover. $179.99

Available at JCPenney

 

2. Soundwave Art

 

Magical. Having a baby’s cooing or wedding vows or a special someone’s message carved on wood & then hearing it on an app is technology done right. Soundwaves produce a pattern & that pattern is turned into art by Soundwaveart, a super creative company. You can add media with their new easy app. Record online, upload your own audio or video file. Pictured is cut out of Birch Wood, then framed in Italian Wood Molding with Glass front. $319.99
Available at soundwaveart.com

3. Molekule Air Purifier

Molekule is a chic and modern new air purifier that completely destroys pollutants. Unlike other air purifiers that simply capture dust and mold before releasing those particles back into the air, Molekule completely destroys indoor air pollutants. Molekule was just named to TIME Magazine’s list of 25 Best Inventions of 2017, a list that honors the best inventions making the world better, simpler and even a little more fun. $799

4. GuruNanda Mini USB Tree Diffuser 

For the essential oil obsessed, the GuruNanda Mini USB Tree Diffuser is the perfect gift. The diffucer utilizes ultrasonic waves to diffuse essential oils for up to 4 hours. It comes with three therpature grade essential oils (lavendar, peppermint an frankincense) and is a great way to add some serious spa vibes to any home or office.  $24.99
Available at Walmart and GuruNanda

 

5. Away Luggage 

 

Away Luggage is changing the game in the luggage industry. It’s light, affordable, durable AND has some amazing collaborations with companies like Madwell, West Elm, Photographers like Gray Malin. It has a built in USB charger and you can monogram, permanently or with their line of stickers. $245 for carry on sized.
Available at AwayTravel.com

 

6. Pom Pom Throws 

Stock up on cozy pom throws for everyone on your list. These are affordable, under $15, throws are totally on trend and festive with their pom poms. Easy affordable and easily giftable, just wrap with a ribbon and give. Don’t forget to bring gently used coat to donate and save an additional 10% of your entire Burlington purchase. $15
Available at Burlington

 

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Nov 20 2017

Soundwave Art Video Blog

Today we’re chatting about the latest innovations from our friends at Soundwave Art. We’re pretty into it. Having a baby’s cooing or wedding vows or a special someone’s message carved on wood & then hearing it on an app is technology done right. Soundwaves produce a pattern & that pattern is turned into art by Soundwaveart, a super creative company. You can add media with their new easy app. Record online, upload your own audio or video file. Unique, sentimental. Pictured is cut out of Birch Wood, then framed in Italian Wood Molding with Glass front. $319.99 (lower priced options as well.)

Watch below or check them out at SoundwaveArt.com. 

Check out SoundwaveArt.com or their page on TheGiftInsider here.

 

 

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Nov 16 2017

Cyber Week Shopping Tips + Tricks

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Social Media – Don’t forget to follow your favorite companies on twitter, facebook and isntagram for exclusive deals

Search – CyberMonday.com or #cybermonday

Site-wide Deals – Cyber Monday is time when a lot of retailers have site-wide deals vs. product specific deals so take advantage of those

Pre-shop – find what you want from stores before the holiday so you can focus on those discounts.

Promo Codes – To find them, go to RetailMeNot.com, TheKrazyCouponLady or Google the name of the shopping site with the words ‘coupon code’ or ‘promo code.

Set price alerts – Use search engines like Shopstyle and Pricegrabber to compare prices for all over

Bottom Up – Make to shop from bottom up on sale sites

Autofill – Be sure to set up autofill for your credit card or sign up for accounts on your favorite sites

What to Focus On/Avoid:

Buy: big ticket items, clothes, travel deals, beauty sets, gadgets and holiday decor

Avoid: Resist the urge to shop for yourself and hold off on winter accessories – gloves, coats, etc often go on sale even further after CyberMonday

 Any tips you have for conquering the day?! 

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